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23 unmissable things happening in London this week

Posted at 6:00 pm, November 11, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

As always, there are heaps of fantastic things to do in London this week. Whether you want to veg out on the couch or dance all night to reggae, we’ve got something for you. Check out what our critics recommend this week to make sure you only invest your time in the best of the best.


1. Gravity: You’ll soon be feeling left out if you don’t catch this high-stakes space drama (in 3D!) starring George Clooney and Sandra ‘Sandy’ Bullock as two astronauts desperately trying to survive the most perilous of workplace accidents.

2. The Selfish Giant: As different to ‘Gravity’ as it gets, this earthbound, Bradford-set gritty fairytale tells of two wayward school boys on the margins of modern Yorkshire, stealing copper and racing ponies.

3. Philomena: Steve Coogan continues to broaden his range by co-writing and starring in this real-life tearjerker opposite Judi Dench. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your fists at the Irish Catholic church.

4. Don Jon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt reaches for the stars by writing, directing and starring in this smart romcom about porn and relationships. Boy, he must be feeling a little bit smug right now, and deservedly so.

5. In Fear: An original and intelligent horror movie? And British? Quick – catch this headtrip road-movie-turned-proper-nightmare soon to make sure we haven’t made it up. It’s genuinely scary.


6. Red Bull Revolutions in Sound: With clubs old and new taking over pods of the London Eye (plus a silent disco right below), this event will spin you right round, baby. Right round. EDF Energy London Eye, Thu Nov 14

7. Koreless: Not only is this scintillating electronic dreamer on great form at present, he’s performing new material with a special light show at this ace Hackney venue. The Laundry, Fri Nov 15

8. The Heatwave: You’ve read about the night’s Jamaican credentials – now get down as they shift over the river to Brixton for their tenth birthday. Plan B, Fri Nov 15


9. Bush Hall Presents…: This beautiful former dance hall gets taken over by a stunning line-up of comics. Alan Partridge sidekick Tim Key headlines, plus TV comedy stalwart Kevin Eldon and more. Oh, and a spot from a secret arena-filling superstar. Good news. Bush Hall, Fri Nov 15

10. Stewart Lee: Much-A-Stew About Nothing: Three whole months of shows from Mr Lee as he workshops material for the next series of his ‘Comedy Vehicle’. When Lee says ‘jump’ the alternative comedy world says, ‘Did you mean that, or were you being sarcastic again?’ Leicester Square Theatre, until Jan 19 2014

11. Edward Aczel Lies in a Meaningless Shed: Edward Aczel refuses to conform to stand-up traditions. He speaks in a monotone drone and often reads off scraps of paper. But he makes us laugh more than most comedians could ever manage. Soho Theatre, Tues Nov 12 – Sat Nov 16

12. Hal Cruttenden – Tough Luvvie: Cuddly, middle-class comedy (plus the odd biting jab) from the hugely entertaining Hal Cruttenden. He keeps packing out bigger and bigger venues. Leicester Square Theatre, Sat Nov 16

13. Amused Moose Soho: Welsh misanthropy from Lloyd Langford, cheeky gags from Tom Toal and slick jokes from Ian Stone. Moonlighting, Sat Nov 16


14. Billy the Girl: Clean Break, the theatre company specialising in stories about women and the criminal justice system, perform this superb family tale. Soho Theatre, until Nov 24

15. The Scottsboro Boys: John Kandar and Fred Ebb’s savage, subversive musical focuses on the story of nine young black men wrongly convicted of rape in 1931. Young Vic, until Dec 21

16. Billy Elliot: If you’re looking for a show to warm the cockles in the lead-up to Christmas, Lee Hall’s classic is as brilliant as ever. Victoria Palace Theatre, until May 16 2014

17. War Horse: With its beautiful puppets from Handspring and Michael Morpurgo’s heartstring-tugging story, this show it the toast of the West End. New London Theatre, until Oct 27 2014


18. Nigel Cooke: ‘Last Chance’ It’s business as usual for Cooke, which, in his case, means paintings featuring severed heads and other beautifully dystopian schlock. Modern Art, until Sat Nov 16

19. Hurvin Anderson: ‘What price paradise?’ These garden paintings have a choked luxuriance that leaves you feeling distinctly edgy. Thomas Dane, until Sat Nov 16

Time In

20. Bouffants, Beehives and Bobs – The Hairdos that made Britain: Another impeccable ‘Timeshift’ documentary with both serious social history and serious laughs: features a young Bowie on ‘long hair prejudice’. BBC4, Wed Nov 13, 9pm

21. Crackanory: Sitting comfortably? Jack Dee and Sally Phillips begin this neat conceit of storytime for grown-ups with two darkly hilarious modern parables. Dave, Wed Nov 13, 10pm

22. The Science of Doctor Who:  Can anything explain Sylvester McCoy? Brian Coz ducks the tough question to focus on time travel and aliens in another engaging display of boffindom. BBC2m Thu Nov 14, 9pm

23. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!: Kangaroo anuses and witchetty grubs all round as another taskforce of the vaguely famous descends on the unsuspecting Oz wilderness. ITV, Sun Nov 17, 9pm 

Want more? Check out this week’s Hot List.

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